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Mistral RW March 2012

GretchenS | Mar 20, 201209:55 AM

A friend and I hit Mistral last night for RW and had a great experience. In addition to the RW menu listed on the RW website (which together with previous good reports about the Mistral RW experience on this board had enticed us there), they had two app specials (a salmon/avocado tartar and another I can't remember, sorry) and two entree specials (lamb osso bucco with goat cheese polenta or whole black sea bass stuffed with lump crab) that you could have as part of the RW menu. We went for the carpaccio and the salmon tartar, followed by the salmon and the pork osso bucco. The carpaccio was very good and the salmon tartar outstanding (as that dish is so often not). Both the salmon, served on lentils with vegetables and lardons, topped with frisee salad with matchstick apples, and the pork osso bucco were very good. We had ordered a side of spinach sauteed with garlic to share, and I have to tell you, that was a knockout. Proper spinach, not that insipid baby stuff (I know, I use it too, it's very convenient -- but face it, very little flavor), properly washed (no grit at all) and a MOUNTAIN of it, prepared beautifully with just the right amount of garlic. Honestly, a serving of that topped with a couple of poached eggs would be my idea of heaven. I don't do desserts but my friend ordered both chocolate ones and enjoyed them both, with the edge going to the profiteroles. (She's a runner, she can get away with two desserts.) Service was delightful throughout, from the greeting at the door to our lovely waiter who did not flinch when we just ordered a bottle of sparkling water, no wine. Oh, a very nice-looking small boule was served after we ordered, I did not have any but it looked good, and had a choice of two things to spread on it. Neither of us could believe that we had not been to Mistral before, but based on that experience, we'll be back.

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